The producers of a newly announced revival of Gigi—a stage musical adapted from the Academy Award–winning movie—are hoping that Washington, DC, audiences remember it well.
The Washington Post reported that the launch of this latest version of the musical, which ran briefly on Broadway in the early 1970s, is to occur in the Kennedy Center’s Eisenhower Theater in January 2015.
Eric Schaeffer, Signature Theatre’s artistic director, has been recruited to direct the production, which features a score by the My Fair Lady team of Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe and includes such hummable standards as “Thank Heaven for Little Girls” and “The Night They Invented Champagne.” The musical’s book is being rewritten by British dramatist Heidi Thomas, whose résumé includes the screenplay of the BBC’s Cranford.
The project’s lead producer, Jenna Segal, a former executive at MTV and Nickelodeon, said in a statement that the revival will make its debut in Washington before moving to Broadway, although a path to New York remains in the early planning stages and probably will depend partly on the production’s DC reception.
Lerner and Loewe wrote Gigi as a 1958 movie that starred Leslie Caron, Maurice Chevalier, Hermione Gingold, and Louis Jourdan, and won nine Academy Awards. (It was adapted from the play by Anita Loos, based on a novella by Colette.) In 1973, the film was turned into a stage musical, to disappointing results. It closed on Broadway after only 103 performances.
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Ballet West’s upcoming golden anniversary season will include world premieres, a major revival, and longtime favorites, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.
“I have designed our 50th-anniversary season to honor the past, celebrate the present, and keep an eye on the future,” Adam Sklute, Ballet West artistic director, said in a news release announcing the schedule.
The season will open with a revival of founder Willam Christensen’s colorful and dramatic The Firebird, running November 8 and 9 and 13 to 16 at Kingsbury Hall, the birthplace of the company 50 years ago.
The rest of the 2013-2014 season includes:
• The Nutcracker: November 29 to December 28; includes a version of The Nutty Nutcracker on December 30
• The Sleeping Beauty: February 7, 8, and 12-15
• The Rite of Spring (world premiere) by resident choreographer Nicolo Fonte: April 11, 12, and 16-19
• Innovations 2014 (world premiere): May 16, 17, and 21-24
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Corruption claims, smear campaigns, and artistic stagnation have dogged the Bolshoi in recent years, and the ballet company hopes a magnificent renovation of its Moscow theatre will revive its fortunes, according to the Irish Times.
Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre finally prepares to reopen in October after a painstaking, and often painful, six-year renovation that will restore the theater to its 19th-century glory, yet includes enough 21st-century technology to satisfy the most demanding director.
The auditorium has been returned to its original violin shape, and fine wooden panels and delicate moldings have replaced the shoddy concrete and plaster that were used to patch up the theater during Soviet times, and which destroyed its acoustics in the process. Experts say the auditorium will once more act like a huge, resonating musical instrument, amplifying the sound of the orchestra just as its creators intended when the building first opened, in 1825.
But some performers and critics fear it will not cure the Bolshoi’s most serious ills. Corruption claims have dogged a renovation that has run 16 times over budget and several years late; Bolshoi Ballet stars have become embroiled in lurid scandals; and a string of high-profile disputes, sackings, and resignations has reinforced the theater’s reputation for poisonous intrigue.
“The company was not really demoralized by all these stories and scandals,” says Katerina Novikova, a spokeswoman for the Bolshoi. “Everybody understands that all this is happening because the Bolshoi is great and famous, and many different forces would love to become its leaders,” she says. “There is a saying in Russia: the dog barks but the caravan moves on.”
The Bolshoi has seen a lot in its time, from the premiere of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake to speeches by Lenin and Stalin, from Nazi bombs to the artistry of legendary ballerinas like Galina Ulanova and Maya Plisetskaya, and the current star Natalia Osipova. To read the full story, visit www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/features/2011/0524/1224297611432.html.